Although Stilnox has a bad reputation, it's still being prescribed by doctors, even though they admit addiction can occur after just two weeks. It's safe, they say, as long as patients don't mix it with alcohol or other drugs. If they do, that's when horror stories come to light - sleepwalking, driving or making phone calls in the middle of the night with no memory of it next morning.
Hackett travels to Melbourne regularly for visits with his twins and uses a friend's apartment at Crown Casino. Imagine his ex-wife's horror when she discovered that Hackett had lost one of their children. The four year old boy was found on another floor of the Casino and nobody knows how he got there, did he use the lift or the stairs?
When Hackett woke to find one of the twins missing, he panicked and rushed out of the room in his underpants and a singlet tied around his waist. He said he was deeply embarrassed and ashamed of the incident and any pain he may have caused his children and his ex wife Candice Alley. It's now very likely that his visitation rights with twins Charlize and Jagger have just come to an abrupt end.
Yesterday his manager, Chris White said Hackett was on a plane to the US. "Grant is currently in transit to seek treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication. His family and friends are enormously proud of his courage in pursuing this course of action."
Today, his manager said it wasn't true and Hackett is in complete denial. "No, I'm not calling this rehab whatsoever" he said. "This is a retreat, to get away for a while, to recharge the batteries which I have been planning for some time."
In 2011, police were called to his Melbourne apartment to find he had violently trashed his family home while his wife and small children were present. Shocking photos were released of an upended grand piano, punch holes in walls, doors ripped off, smashed family photos and empty bottles of alcohol on the floor. His family left the same night, never to return.
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